Drug Ratings for FEMARA

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 4  endometriosis hot/cold flashes, vaginal dryness, low libido, weight gain, easier to fatigue - this has impacted my workout and running abilities. I'm taking this in combination with norethindrone (a progesterone) and calcium suppliments to reduce the risk of bone density problems. I no longer have periods, my ovaries aren't producing painful cysts anymore, and all of the endo pain has vanished. The pain relief is so amazing, that I'm working through ways to handle the side effects which is mainly more exercise despite not feeling like it. Exercising regularly has been the #1 thing that's helped keep the other effects at a minimum.. The hardest thing to deal with has been the hot/cold flashes. I don't know what to do about that - exercise doesn't seem to make a difference (except that the hot flashes DURING exercise are no fun). F 39 3 months
2.5mg 1X D
12/20/2014

 1  Stage 1 Breast Ca This stuff is POISON. With 2 days felt nausea, mood swings, heart palpitations, headache. I kept hoping the effects would level out, but they got worse!! Depression, relentless inferno hot flashes insomnia and feeling hopeless. No energy or drive to to do ANYTHING!! Brain fog... Then I came upon this website and realized how unbelievably dangerous this med is. Thank God I didn't take it long enough to have permanent damage to my bones, heart and who knows what else I WILL NOT take Femara or any other Estrogen blocking drugs! Would rather die from the cancer than be debilitated from meds like this! Pay attention ladies!!!! F 57 1 months
2.5
12/20/2014

 3  Estrogen positive breast cancer I had a mini stroke 1 month after starting femara. Even though Docs could find no reason for it, my onc wouldn't admit it could be the meds. I had trigger finger in both hands and couldn't make a fist but that went away after about 9 months. I have tendinitis in feet, wrists, and elbows. I have had a stiff neck for 6 months hoping it will resolve soon, massage, hot & cold therapy have helped some. NO sex drive and terrible vaginal dryness. Oncologist just blows my complaints off so don't even mention them any more. Ever since taking this I hurt everywhere. Hope I can quit taking it in two more years! My tumor was oncotyped and it was very aggressive even though it was stage one. I am afraid to quit taking lettizole and I can function day to day. I walk about 3-4 miles at least 5 days a week and do yoga to help with the muscle pain. I had my ovaries removed, no issues but just didn't want to take any chances. Don't need those puppies anyway. Some out there have had horrible side effects, I have been blessed that mine are manageable so I will continue taking this medicine as long as my oncologist tells me to and shout hurrah when I can stop. F 66 3 years
2.5
12/15/2014

 1  breast mets Extreme weakness and cannot even get up. Extreme bone pain in shoulder and arms. Very depressed F 62 4 weeks
one a day
12/7/2014

 1  BC stage 1 Depression. Headaches, bone pain, vaginal dryness, trigger finger, bloating, weight gain around middle, fatigue, insomnia, nausea. I have lost my zest for doing anything because I am too tired and brain stays foggy! Going back to alternative estrogen blockers! This is the second time I've tried this med. I had hoped to react better. Feel great when not on it. Too many great natural treatments out there to continue suffering like this Get Christine Horner's book, Waking the Warrior Goddess. Christiane Northrup's book on menopause and Dr John Lees book What your Doctor won't Tell you About Progesterone. Awful drug F 64 6 months
11/28/2014

 4   Sore feet,insomnia I am stage 1V breast ca with lung and brain mets! Had full brain rad! I am just so grateful for something that work, regardles of aches and pain! F 58 4 months
11/27/2014

 3  breast cancer stage 4 mets to femur Depression, sleepless nights, sudden fatigue, aches and pain in legs and lower back pain and hot flashes. Just hope it works.... I can handle it. I hear women with breast cancer do well with estrogen positive. F 34 7 weeks
11/25/2014

 1  breast cancer stage 2 Severe joint pain in knees, feet, and back. Fatigue and depression. Weight gain and severe hot flashes. F 63 1 years
2.5 mg
11/23/2014

 1  Breast Cancer Severe back and body pain, depression, irriation, get angry very easily, higher colesterol, mood swings, anxiety, tired and weakness in legs, risk pain, this drugs is horrible, cannot continue taking this drug will push me off the edge. Not living a normal life This is a bad drug not good for human consumption. It is a suicide drug. F 60 2 months
2.5mg 1X D
11/21/2014
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 2  Estrogen Fed Breast Cancer Had a bilateral masectomy and chemotherapy. After 30 days on this drug I have had a few hot flashes but really bothered by the sleepless nights! I am so tired more so then when I was doing chemo. I also have a little bit of back pain . Some days I wake up feeling sad :-( My Dr. said to stop the med for 10 days and we will try drug #2. I knew there would be side effects but what I hate the most is being awake ALL night and feeling tired. I am hopeful I will find something I can live with for the next 10 yrs plus. This drug is different for everyone so it is really finding what works for you. Discuss with your Dr. and together you will find something! F 55 1 months
2.5
11/19/2014
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 4  Breast cancer Stage 1 EP+ HER2- Inferno flashes, back pain, joint pain, high LDL Gained 10 pounds. Now developed a twitch in left thumb Right breast mastectomy. Hoping that it keeps a return of breast cancer away although side effects are not fun. I keep walking daily and pray. F 60 2 years
2.5
11/16/2014
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 3  breast ca x 2 was on aromasin and arimidex in past this is better than them but only because am so used to constant pain and aches I don't remember what normal is. Vag dryness is issue but have discharge beige sometimes pinkish terrible odor??? Any one else experience this??? F 63 2 days
1X D
11/13/2014
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 2  infertility severe head aches, sudden tiredness, severe mood swings, anxiety, very server depression, suisidle thoughts even, neck ache, feeling like I'm gaining weight, fluid retention, very sore breasts, heavier than normal periods, teeth grinding and clenched. I am a fitness instructor but since taking this medication I've lost my drive to workout completely. I wake with head aches every day even when in not on the meds (I take it for 5 days a month) my moods are horrible I have gotten more and more depressed and feeling quite sad. I'm giving it this last go this month and seeing a new fertility dr next month to review. hate this medication. only good thing is it has helped with my ovulation. F 38 3 months
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10/31/2014

 3  Breast Cancer Stage 1 Arthritis, weight gain 30 pounds, sleeplessness, brain fog (at times), stiffness in joints, back hurts.....all joints really. I just came off Femara 4 days ago. Can't to see what goes back to normal and of course the weight loss. Now that I am off Femara I having having hot flashes off and on all day and night. Googled this and found "many" who are having the same experience. Hopefully this will fade away with time. F 62 5 years
2.5 1X D
10/11/2014
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 1  stage 2 breast cancer 1 days
9/22/2014

 2  breastfeeding cancer Hot flashes, feet and hand pain. Joint and muscle pain F 57 1 days
30mg
9/20/2014
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 3  Estrogen Blocker for Breast Cancer I have joint and bone pain in the mornings when I get up but it subsides as I start walking around and doing things. I have had a lot of itching and itchy bumps on my elbows, rash or hives on my back, But it could be because I was mixing organic coconut oil in with a new lotion I got at Whole Foods. I have since stopped using them both and I will see if the itching goes away. I have intense vaginal itching at night and it wakes me up, probably from the dryness associated with taking the Letrozole. I used all kinds of non-itch creams for that area, but it is still there. I am taking the generic Femara from CVS. I am wondering if there might be a difference in the Letrozole from Walgreens as someone mentioned one time. I do on occasion get very angry with my spouse for the least little things, and thankfully he is very patient with me. Other than that, I guess I am doing great. {Thank you Lord} Could people start adding which pharmacy they are using? I am wondering if some of the Letrozole is different at each pharmacy??? F 61 2 months
2.5 mg 1X D
9/15/2014
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 1  breast cancer Immediately, I had mood swings and body aches. Later, there was fatigue and depression. My onc took me off for a month and eased in the doses over another month. Meanwhile, my internist put me on cymbalta, which also helped the body aches. Over the past couple years my concentration has decreased and now, four years after starting, I'm having dental problems. I'm pretty sure it's Femara's effect on my bones that is causing the problems although the docs won't admit it. F 60 4 years
9/14/2014
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 2  Stage 1 er+pr+,her2 neu NEVER had issues w/ joints until taking this med. Daily pain predominantly in knees, shoulders, feet, and hands. Pain is significant enough to warrant taking tramadol and flexeril at night. Fatigue. Sitting for any length of time worsens the symptoms in the knees and hips. Mental fogginess and forgetfulness. Vaginal dryness and pain with intercourse. Had stopped regular exercise (used to run) because of the pronounced pain in the muscles and bones I would experience the next day. Have been doing research and am seriously contemplating stopping this medication due to the known side effects of osteoporosis and heart disease. Did Adjuvant Online with my doctor prior to decision to start femara and my risk is very low - it is difficult to make a decision when everyone acts like you will die if you stop. F 47 6 months
2.5mg 1X D
9/10/2014
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 4  breast cancer stage II stiff hands upon waking, mild "warm flushes" So many of you have experienced unfortunate, dramatic side effects. I just want to be on record for those thinking about starting any of these meds that may become worried after reading such upsetting stories. Many of us do well, with minimal adverse reactions. For those that suffer, please work with your prescriber to find a solution. Try a drug holiday, change to a different AI, begin an antidepressant and BE SURE TO EXERCISE DAILY! F 56 6 months
2.5mg 1X D
9/7/2014
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 3  breast cancer Joint and breast pain stiffness F 64 5 years
2.5
8/11/2014

 1  Breast cancer Right away I had terrible back pain.I dismissed the pain thinking it was a pulled muscle.Pain also in joints and breast pain. The worse side effect is a severe rash ,on my neck,face wrists and the breast that was operated on. On steroids now to try and get rid of the rash . Will not take anymore drugs. F 58 2 weeks
2.5mg
8/9/2014
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 2  Breast cancer grade 2 mastectomy Vaginal atrophy,joint stiffness, extreme fatigue and tiredness , hot flushes, insomnia Vaginal atrophy almost immediately. Over the last 12 months insomnia ,lethargy,and extreme tiredness. I have lost me! Will continue with the drug at present but it seems to me that the cure is worse than the disease. Feeling quite depressed. Rads no Chemo. F 64 12 months
2.50 1X D
8/6/2014

 2  Hormone positive breast cancer joint, muscle and bone pain, high cholesterol, thinning hair, diarrhea, extreme vaginal atrophy, loss of sex drive, arthythmia, blood clotting issues, extreme stiffness, tiredness, horrible back pain and virtually non-stop hot flashes and night sweats every night, insomnia, anxiety, itching, and breathlessness!!! For me, this drug is a quality of life REDUCER. I do not believe we have sufficient information about FEMARA or other aromatase inhibitors. And I have read many times that FEMARA and other AIs don't enhance life expectancy, mainly due to their contribution to heart problems. So, if the cancer doesn't get you, your heart will ... !!! F 51 3 years
2.5 1X D
8/6/2014
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 5  post Ca breast Swollen, painful and stiff fingers and feet, which are worse in the mornings. Dreadful mood swings......I can be so nasty at times to my partner. Palpitations. Cry easily. Poor concentration. Poor memory. Loss of libido. F 54 2 years
30 1X D
7/28/2014
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 5  Breast Cancer 2B Insomnia. Mild hot flashes. No sex drive. F 54 1 years
7/25/2014

 1  Breast cancer Really bad hot flashes Headache Painful joints Insomnia F 66 2 weeks
Once a day
7/5/2014

 1  stage l estrogen positive Insominia, hot flashes, chills, nausea, increased blood sugar, increased blood pressure, tired, racing heart and constant pain. Decided to ask doctor to stop taking letrozole. Fingers in both thumbs were in pain. Got a cortizone shot for the left trigger finger but it helped only for one week. Still in pain. F 70 10 days
2.5 1X D
6/26/2014

 1  breast cancer, earl stage gradual worsening of hand stiffness, ankle stiffness, tendonitis thumb, fingers stiff, quality of life going down hill wondering if this medication is making my tendons and joints age fast, am off it for 1 month, considering switching to tamoxifen F 62 2 years
2.5 mg 1X D
6/14/2014

 5  Breast cancer Initially no side effects. after six years I blamed my weight gain on this med. I had become lethargic and down-hearted.Cancer responded well to this and other chemotherapy: cancer numbers receding. Taken off Femara three months ago. Energy level and general disposition are improving. F 68 7 years
30 1X D
6/10/2014
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 2  Stage 1 invasive lobular breast ca I started Arimadex 8/2012. Could hardly walk by 12/13. Horrible joint pain and sweating/hot flashes. Wanted to try femara, wanted one of the above to go away. Right away my joint pain was better, and still is better than with arimadex. Still sweating a lot, but not quite as much as with arimadex. But these muscle spasms in my ribs and back are terrible. It spreads across my chest and hurts like crazy. It is beginning to affect my work. My hands are getting stiffer as time goes on. I'm not sure what to do, go back on the other?? Or go back and forth?? Vaginal atrophy is really a problem too. F 59 4 months
2.5 mg 1X D
5/6/2014
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 3  to reduce estrogen production Hot flashes, thinning hair, muscle pain, joint stiffness, fatigue, inability to lose weight (although I work out 6 days a week and have reduced my caloric intake), mood changes (depression), difficulty in sleeping through the night. I would really like to stop taking this drug but cannot risk the return of breast cancer. I am trying to convince myself that my mood changes are not due to this drug but am convinced that Femara is the culprit. I was so positive and upbeat before but now I seem to alternate between a constant desire to cry, hide in my house or hit something. BUT I have committed to not giving up or giving in to depresssion - thank God for prayer! The physical exercise does help - especially my 4 mile walks but I'd sure like to see some results from all the working out. I'll be discussing my mood with my Oncologist at next visit though - I can't survive with my mood in the dumps all the time - life is too precious and I want to savor each moment. F 53 9 months
2.5 1X D
4/12/2014
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 1  Breast Cancer Stage 1 My side effects were slow in coming but gradually dominated my life to the point that joint pain, lack of quality sleep, depression, paranoia, and lethargy made each day miserable. I used to be the most positive, energetic person I knew. I surely miss the old me. I went off this horror last week and am feeling my energy and personality sneaking back. The debilitating back and neck pain continue, but I am taking my chances here. The cure is worse than the disease. F 62 11 months
1X D
4/2/2014
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 2  breast cancer stage 1 grade 3 hair on legs completely stopped growing so will see what happens to my head hair; I have muscle and joint pain never experienced before and it is becoming more severe as my time on this drug grows. Swelling in hands, tired all the time,difficulty sleeping, weight gain; but I think the most distracting and disabling side effect is the body pain and lethargy; I don't feel much better than I did on chemo and raditation, and it has been 3 months since I finished treatments; I expected to feel like "my old self" but I don't. Depression? I am known to be a highly energetic and optimistic person--definitely not so right now... F 60 2 months
2.5 mg dai 1X D
3/26/2014

 3  2A Her2Neu+ Breast Cancer Bone, joint, hip pain & slippage, blurry vision, fatigue/exhaustion, headaches, back pain, bRuTaL nerve pain, ataxia type symptoms (balance & coordination), mood swings, weight gain, night sweats, sleeplessness, disturbingly sweaty...all that stuff! Oww & Yuk! :( Updates on things that might manage side effects. I've mentioned NeoCell for bone pain. I still take the collagen but also take straight Hyaluronic Acid. Please check with your doc & make sure you are NED before taking as HA may increase cell division. For nerve pain/neuropathy I take Redd Nerve Sheild, a mix of B vitamins and cucurmin. Also taking Bellena Nelle Omega 3 for nerve pain. It's widely known for heart health, but you may not know it also helps nerves. No fishy taste, there is lemon taste to it. Taking nascent nano colloidal iodine for breast health and/or take Celtic Sea Salt (watch Dr. Bob de Maria on YouTube for interesting info). Lose inflammatory acid & sugar diet. Some of my exceptions and indulgences: replaced my morning coffee with a homemade tea of Braggs vinegar (a good acid that balances), fresh (micro-planed) ginger, local honey and a dash of black pepper. Ginger is in the cucurmin family and as someone mentioned, you need to add black pepper to bring out the anti inflammatory compounds in the ginger too. Staying hydrated has been mentioned. Watermelon works wonders for me! :) For those of you who have a mean sweet tooth like me, and if you haven't had them in a while, try dates. I forgot how good, sweet & healthful they are. Like many of you, I never know how I am going to feel til I wake up in the a.m. and I am by no means pain free, some days are still brutal, but I feel I am gaining the tools to manage it better. Hang in there & ke F 50 4 years
2.5 1X D
2/11/2014
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 1  Infertility Migraines, joint pain, weight gain This med made me feel horrible and I didn't realize it was this drug until recently. I am no longer taking it but continue to have persistent joint pain andIhad a herniated disc. No baby either. My doctor was shocked I was on it so long and said it was dangerous, asked who prescribed it to me like that and tried to deny it when I said her. Confusing and scary. F 28 3 years
2.5 5X M
2/2/2014
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 5  Stage IIIa bc ER+ her2- bilateral Started to gain weight immediately. Have now gained about 10 pounds. Need to stop eating so many sweets. No significant increase in joint or bone pain. Need much more sleep than before even after chemotherapy and radiation about 2 1/2 years ago. Looking back, sleep needs increased after beginning Femara. Also, less optimistic and energized than before. F 53 5 months
1/31/2014

 2  mastectomy stage 0-1 estrogen +Her2 Thumb can't hold a pen ankle pain stiffness throughout legs.insomnia nightly 30lb weight gain lower legs ankles completely swollen I try to exercise need serious motivation as energy is drained from work had mastectomy mammos have since been clear in remaining breast. weight gain is very hard to shed. 61 3 years
2.5mg
1/25/2014

 3  Stage 1 Breast Cancer Joint pain, trigger fingers, major depression, significant hair loss Stage 1 lobular carcinoma: bilateral mastectomy followed by hysterectomy. Tumors (9 of them) were 99% estrogen+. Had carpal tunnel in both hands within a couple of days of beginning letrozole, which has subsided. I've had medication-controlled depression for years, but have been in the worst depressive state since starting letrozole. Working with psychiatrist to try different meds/dosages but the depression hasn't abated at all. I force myself to take 3-5 mile walks four days a week, mostly hoping it will help with the depression. The depression is what may end my usage of letrozole although I'm terrified to stop using. Almost 9 months of crushing depression has left me visiting the suicide websites. I keep reading the same page every day to make it through. The page stresses that suicide happens when pain outweighs resources. For me, that pain is mental; I can tolerate the physical discomfort. I find myself crying every time I read about any kind of suffering in the world (animal, human, etc.). I keep telling myself that this too shall pass. I'm also a three year survivor of Stage 4 thyroid cancer. My hair is half-gone since beginning letrozole. God bless us all and help us to endure. F 56 10 months
2.5 mg 1X D
1/5/2014
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 2  j Breast cancer My white count is already down to 2.9 & I've had to go on antibiotics for bad sinus infection. I wake up with my joints hurting several times a night. All of my finger joints are sticking & I have developed trigger finger in the 3rd finger of my right hand. . The doctor didn't mention these ahead of time & they are listed as "rare" I accidentally found these on a breast cancer forum where almost every woman had trigger finger in at least one finger. This is extremely painful & disabling. I'm already on Celebrex for a back problem & it's not helping. Cortisone did help my fingers but I can't take it on regular basis. I'm going to try Glucosamine. Women on hormone blockers should be told to take vitamins to counter side effects before they occur, as well as extra for bone, joint support and immune system. F 61 3 weeks
30mg
10/21/2013
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 1  Endometriosis This is my 2nd review b/c I had side effects I didn't realize were connected to Femara. I got uterine polyps that cause me such severe anemia I was passing out every time I tried to walk. My uterine polyps were considered iatrogenic because they were CAUSED by Femara. So I needed surgery (a hysteroscopy) because of Femara. So yeah, I'd say no to Femara. It made me need surgery and gave me a cancer scare (thankfully the uterine polyps were benign!). But seriously: go check out Femara's offical website and read the side effects CAREFULLY. F 26 14 days
2.5 MG 1X D
10/13/2013
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 1  Estrogen Positive Breast Cancer Three weeks into taking the drug I developed the most severe depression, anxiety and mood swings. My oncologist put me on an antidepressant. I suffered from nausea every day. Towards the end of the 4th month, I became short of breath and felt like I was suffocating. After extensive tests, it was determined that I had lost 1/3 heart function. I suffered from the uncommon side effects. Never did have bone and joint pain, but I think the loss of heart function and depression were worse. I have gone off the drug, I will take my chances... F 64 4 months
1X D
10/7/2013

 1  breast Cancer. estrogen pos. Femara has stunt my hair growth! My hair growth has stopped completely. I can barely do anything because of the hot flashes and sweating. I sweat as if someone has thrown a bucket of water on me. I should have been able to lose weight with the extensive sweating but that isn't the case, I actually have gained weight! I have severe lower back pain along with pain in my legs, also pain in my joints of my fingers and toes. I become so stiff when I am not mobile for awhile, but when I am mobile for long periods of time I pay for it with stronger pain. If I stand up after not moving for awhile my feet is in a combination of pain. My feet become stiff, numb, with full achy pain. I have to stand and give myself a but of a headstart to be able to move about I am truly not happy with this drug. I've read all the pros and cons of this drug with my conclusion there are more cons than pros. F 44 6 months
2.5 mg
9/24/2013
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 1  Stage 2B breast cancer Severe joint pain especially in my legs. I have developed carpal tunnel syndrome in my right hand, neuropathy started after I ended chemo and started taking Femara. Foot pain is worsening daily. M 56 1 years
2.5 1X D
9/19/2013
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 2  Breast Ca/Stage 1, lumpectomy I woke up during the night to excessive urination. It came out in buckets. I've never experienced anything like it ( except to compare it to my water breaking!) I couldn't function without sleep as I was going to have to drive to see my grandson. I stopped taking it. Doc said to wait a week & try Arimidex. I stiffened up to the point of being unable to walk, my joints swelled & I developed painful trigger finger. My blood pressure went dangerously high, even after 3 doses of Inderal. After 3 wks, took a short break. All symptoms went away. Blood pressure came down to normal. Dr. tried Tamoxifen. To my dismay, the trigger finger came back, with very severe joint pains & stiffness in my hands/ feet, knees. I cannot make a fist without fingers getting stuck. So discouraged. Will try the supplement one lady mentioned for lubrication. I just can't function like this for 5 yrs. I have a home to take care of & no one here to help me. There must be something else that doesn't cause such suffering. No one is guaranteed no recurrence of cancer, but mine was only 1.2cm & I really blame the Estrace. Has anyone tried getting ovaries out? I have a long way to go & just feel horrible. I was Est+/pro+. I am half way through with radiation & that is scary enough. God knows what that will do to my body. Prior to diagnosis was on Estrace, which of course was stopped immediately. Considering getting my last remaining ovary out & m F 61 3 days
9/2/2013
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 5  Breast cancer - Radiation treatment At first no problems other than insomnia. Now pain in feet when I first get out of bed but passes after I start walking. Sometimes leg pain, shoulder and back pain but Advil relieves the pain. F 56 3 years
2.5
8/25/2013
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 1  cancer it may be brain Mets or femara but my mind is going. I cannot reason I am so confused ....it makes me sad to hear all you old women complaining when you have had long lives and I am dying young. I guess wisdom does not come with age F 32 1 days
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 1  Stage 1 bilateral breast cancer Sleeplessness I cannot sleep on this drug after only 5 days. I had the same problem with Arimidex after ten weeks and switched to Femara. I cannot function without sleep and do not want to take sleeping pills! I feel as if I am on Speed. I am thinking of not taking this anymore! F 59 5 days
1X D
7/15/2013

 3  Stage 2 Estrogen Positive Breast Ca My major side effect is depression......really bad. Mood swings that are set off by insignificant things. I have some joint pain, but not really bad. I have had nausea (much like morning sickness) and stomach cramps. No weight gain yet. F 63 2 months
30mg 1X D
7/10/2013

 3  ER+ PR+ HER- Breast Cancer stage o hot flashes,night sweats,arm,shoulder & neck pain every night, fatigue, frequent urination Advil liquid gel 2 tablets helps with the pain. I had dbl mastectomy but no chemo or radiation F 64 7 months
2.5 1X D
6/28/2013
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 5  estrogen postive breast cancer Will continue to take Femara the rest of this last year of treatment despite increasing joint stiffness and major bone pain throughout my body enough to affect my daily life. Often have to take major pain meds to sleep. Take megadoses of D2 for pain weekly + daily doses of D3, calcium and magnesium. Major balding on back of head & vaginal atrophy. Beats another tumor! It is doing what it is supposed to. Clean 4 yrs out. You have to battle breast cancer. It is what it is. F 61 4 years
2.5 mg 1X D
5/22/2013

 1  Breast cancer stage IIB Fatigue, back pain, depression, hot flashes, weight gain around middle, joint pain Started 1 month following last chemo treatment. Fatigue from chemo did not get any better, and depression worsened the longer I took Femara. Severe back pain every day to the point of needing to take Aleve every day to function. I've always been very thin, but noticeable weight gain in the abdominal area. I decided to stop taking Femara for a week to see if I felt any different. BIG improvement - couldn't believe how much better I felt. Fatigue and depression resolved, back pain lessened considerably. Stayed off for almost two months, but oncologist insisted I try Tamoxifen. Am trying it, but will stop if the severe side effects return. It's not worth it to feel so badly all the time. F 56 11 months
2.5 1X D
5/21/2013

 5  Stage 2 BC, ER+ Had the joint pain and hot flashes. Took two two-week breaks in the first year just to get relief from pain. After second break, pain did not recur. The rest of my 5 years went by easily. I did have some bone loss, but had excellent bone health before starting Femara so I never had to do more than take a ton of calcium and Vit. D. Also, no head hair loss, but legs and arms became baby-bottom smooth from loss of hair on them. Since I've gone off it, I've noticed that a heart arrhythmia that was driving me crazy had suddenly gone back to its normal (before femara) once-in-a-while schedule rather than all the time. Hot flashes are worse, than when I was on femara. Not noticed any body hair regrowth, which is kind of nice. F 66 5 years
2,5 mg 1X D
5/7/2013

 2  breast cancer severe joint pain, depression, hot flashes. loss of energy, whole body aching I have been on letrozole for 1 year and it is horrible. I can hardly get out of a chair, walk, sleep, (thank god for ambien and oxy), can't bend my hands hardly walk. no energy to do anything with friends and I usually cancel. the only thing that has helped me is seeing a pain management doctor who has helped me lessen the pain so that I can atleast party live my life. Also, water aerobics is the only thing that I can do and forget about my pain for an hour. TRY IT, IT really works. I am afraid to go off for I never had chemo and stats were based on talking the Femara. My life is a mess. I thought that once you go off the side affects go away and now I am a afraid that is thisl is going to be my life. A cannot work for I cant sit, walk for long times or do anything for more than an hour...I am afraid of eventually will be living on the street. F 50 352 days
1X D
4/30/2013
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 3  Breast Cancer Trigger thumb, weight gain, fatigue, sleeplessness,dizzy at times, low stamina. Arthitis, twisted fingers. Does anyone know if the weight gain goes away after stopping Femara? I have gained 30 pounds since beginning my treatment. F 61 3 years
2.5mg 1X D
4/19/2013
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 3  2A Her2Neu+ Breast Cancer This is an update to my 8/11 post regarding debilitating bone pain, particularly in the foot, ankles and hips and my use of NeoCell brand collagen supplements. As an update to my post on my 08/?/2011 the next page over I mentioned taking NeoCell Collagen Type 1&3. I immediately felt fantastic but I noticed after several months of using it seemed to have had sort of a plateau effect. That being said, I had also became very inconsistent in using it as directed...on an empty stomach at the same time every day and sometimes forgetting to take for several days in a row. My bad. I still felt better but "stuck". It got worse when I purchased a different brand and just became miserable all over again. Fast forward and I re-invested in the NeoCell brand. This time I re-researched and purchased the Type 2 Collagen. This is specifically for bones and joint lubrication and contains hyaluronic acid. I've been on it two weeks and feel even better than the type 1 & 3 made me feel. I am also very diligent to take it as directed, on an empty stomach, immediately upon awakening every single day. After approximately 30 minutes, you are then able to take type 1 & 3. They are not to be taken together! I am using type 2 till I run out to gauge the results at which point I plan on taking the two together at the specified time intervals. The pains that I do feel now are more in line with what I felt before femara and for a woman my age and weight (I'm a big girl!). I feel "normal" again. I will update this in a few months but in the mean time, the best price seems to be directly thru NeoCell or thru Amazon. I have not seen i F 49 3 years
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4/8/2013

 4  ER+ PR+ and Her2+ Breast Ca Mostly hotflashes, some joint pain....I take it at night and then take my sleeping pill so I can sleep through most of it.... F 62 2.5 years
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4/7/2013

 5  stage 4 recurrence of ER+/PR+ BC Multiple tumors shrank & disappeared after 6 months of drug use. Side effects included joint pain & sleeplessness, which improved after taking glucosamine/chondroitin. 2 years in got bad trigger thumbs, which resolved without intervention in 3 months. Sleeplessness has gone away; now just need more sleep (9-10 hours). After 3 1/2 years, tumors have not recurred. I consider the price paid well worth it. F 65 3.5 years
2.5 mg 1X D
4/4/2013
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 1  breast cancer stage 1 I am off of femara since 2011. I am now suffering with vertebra problems in the lumbar spine at many levels (l1-s1) F 66 5 years
3/20/2013

 2  Infertility While only taking for only 5 days a month, I've had bad knee, hip and thigh pain, terrible headaches and heart palpitations also hot flushes. Only on my second month still no baby! F 28 5 days
2.5mg
3/17/2013
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